Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Unlearning the Myths That Bind Us

1.) Unlearning the Myths That Bind Us
2.) Linda Christensen 

3.)      In this reading, Christensen argues about what cartoons are really showing, underneath the fun and love stories. She starts off by saying what she should have learned from movies (cleaning dwarves' houses etc). In reality, that is not how life is. Christensen tells us that her waist did not dip into an hour glass: and was apparently doomed. It discusses how cartoons are shaped around one race, sex, class,or one country over a weaker counterpart (126). In the study she did with her students, Christensen started off by showing old cartoons, because the stereotypes are so blatant (129). Christensen also uses arguments that her class had about cartoons and what they show.
         To explain more about Christensen's arguments, she is talking about cartoons that show racism, sexism, class differences etc. In the text it mentioned different cartoons. One that came to my mind, which seems like a good example, is Aladdin. it shows a vast difference between Princess Jasmine and Aladdin. there is not middle class either Rich, or poor. which in this case Only Jasmine is rich. When it shows were Aladdin lives, everyone is poor, and dressed the same.
          Christensen also wrote about arguments her students had towards cartoons. a student Kenneth noticed that most of the older people in films were mean and unfriendly, mainly because they were not as good looking as the main character who was usually young and pretty. Young women wanted to see race of actors changed, but did not challenge the class or underlying inequalities that characterized lives (131). In my opinion, everything should be changed or there should be a movie made showing that everyone should be equal.
          The main idea of this text was for Christensen to show her students what is going on in cartoons and what is never really focused on. Without watching the movies, just thinking about them, I do realize what is actually happening between class, sex, race, and the roles of the characters. 

You could also look at it this way: (found online, not saying I agree with it)

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